2021 Election

Parent involvement in education, the Democrats’ Achilles’ heel

Featured image Terry McAuliffe probably lost any hope of winning his race for Virginia governor when he said, “I don’t think parents should be telling schools what they should teach.” McAuliffe might well have lost anyway, but some observers thought at the time, and most think now, that he was doomed once he made that remark. In future elections, Democratic candidates will, I assume, avoid making statements like McAuliffe’s. But Stanley Kurtz »

It’s official. Republicans will control the Virginia House.

Featured image It took a month, but the victory of Republican Karen Greenhalgh in her race for the Virginia House of Delegates has officially been confirmed. Greenhalgh defeated incumbent Democrat Alex Askew by 115 votes. Askew gained only 12 votes in the recount process. Greenhalgh’s victory gives the GOP control of 51 of the 100 seats in the House. Believe it or not, one race is still in doubt. In that one, »

CNN does Winsome Sears (& vice versa)

Featured image I hadn’t heard of Winsome Sears until she appeared to acknowledge victory in her race for Virginia lieutenant governor on the evening of November 2. My immediate reaction was that a star is born. Of the politicians who spoke that night, she said what I most wanted to hear. Yesterday she appeared for a segment on CNN’s State of the Union with Dana Bash. Bash went in search of a »

Majority non-white city swings more than 40 points in favor of GOP

Featured image South Carolina is about as Red as any state in America. However, Columbia — the state’s capital and second largest city — has had a Democratic mayor for the past three decades. In recent years, this probably has much to do with the fact that more than half of Columbia’s population is non-White. In 2020, Joe Biden carried the city by a margin of nearly 40 points. Thus, the Dems’ »

Why Youngkin won over suburban moms

Featured image A CNN reporter interviewed four Virginia suburban moms who voted for Glenn Youngkin last week. Three of the four had voted for Joe Biden last year. It’s not clear whether the fourth voted for Trump. However, she did say that this year, for the first time ever, she put up a yard sign favoring a candidate — Youngkin. The statements of four women handpicked by CNN don’t necessarily reflect the »

The “racial reckoning’s” reckoning

Featured image The Washington Post has a lengthy article about how Tuesday’s election has dashed the hopes of black activists. The article begins this way: The summer of 2020 brought a renewed focus on addressing racism, with protesters filling the streets after the police killings of Black men; statues of Confederate leaders coming down from their prominent perches; and the leading Democratic presidential candidate promising systemic changes to right the wrongs of »

Further Post-Election Observations

Featured image To the extent that wokeism was a significant factor in Tuesday’s election—which it was, but not the only major factor—it was not thanks to national Republican leaders, with a few notable exceptions. Much of the agitation against the racism-all-the-way-down narrative that now defines the Democratic Party arose from the grassroots, and the  substantive work above all of Christopher Rufo. DC Republicans and Beltway conservative institutions were comparatively supine and ineffectual »

David versus Goliath, American style

Featured image One of my favorite stories from the elections this past Tuesday is that of Edward Durr. He is a furniture company truck driver for Raymour & Flanigan who ran against New Jersey’s longtime state Senate president — Democrat Steve Sweeney — and has apparently won. Sweeney has yet to concede. He wants to “wait for the final results.” However, the excellent New York Times story reports the outcome as a »

The Hive does CRT

Featured image The ideological denigration of the United States and its white majority as oppressive and racist has become a political issue as it has seeped into public schools. The parents of Loudon County made their voices heard in advance of Tuesday’s Virginia gubernatorial election. Barack Obama jumped into the ring from the top turnbuckle to instruct Virginia voters to disregard it as a “phony trumped-up culture war issue.” Formulating the issue »

Winsome Winsome speaks

Featured image I hadn’t heard of Winsome Sears before she spoke Tuesday evening. She took the stage before Glenn Youngkin to declare victory in her race for Virginia lieutenant governor. She had an important message that she conveyed in what I thought was a riveting style. She is an excellent speaker. Dominic Pino explicates her speech at NRO in “Watch Winsome Sears’s victory speech.” The video is below. »

One more footnote to last night

Featured image I don’t think any of us on Power Line has commented on the outcome of the runoff election to fill a vacant seat in the Texas House. That race pitted Democrat Frank Ramirez against Republican John Lujan. The Republican won by a little more than two points. Why is this worth noting? Because the district in question, located in San Antonio, is heavily Latino and, until last night, pro-Democrat. Joe »

Two footnotes to last night

Featured image Joe Biden defeated Donald Trump in New Jersey by 16 points in 2020. Incumbent Democratic Governor Phil Murphy has only today pulled into a slight lead over Jack Ciattarelli in his race for reelection with 50 percent of the vote. The red wave that rolled into New Jersey had some surprising currents. The tweet below comes from last night and stands up — see “How a truck driver spent $153 »

Soft-on-crime DA candidates lose big on Long Island

Featured image Yesterday, Long Island voters swept Democratic district attorneys from office. In Nassau County, career local prosecutor Anne Donnelly upset Democratic state Sen. Todd Kaminsky, a former federal prosecutor and supposed rising star. Kaminsky voted for the 2019 law that eliminated cash bail for defendants accused of many misdemeanors and “non-violent” felonies. Donnelly won by 20 points. Kaminsky is now a fallen star. The story was similar in Suffolk County. There, »


Featured image Let’s swing our gaze to New Jersey first, where I had predicted in the New York Post yesterday there might be an upset in the making (“And don’t overlook New Jersey. While media attention has been focused on Virginia partly because it is in the shadow of the DC-centric media, polls show a tight, single-digit margin between incumbent Democrat Phil Murphy and unknown Republican challenger Jack Ciattarelli. . . a »

After last night

Featured image A few thoughts, observations, and impressions on results as they stand at the moment the morning after election day in Virginia and New Jersey: • The Virginia gubernatorial race was close — according to the most recent New York Times update this morning, the margin is now is 67,000 votes or 2.1 percent out of nearly 3.3 million votes — Glenn Youngkin appears to have beaten Terry McAuliffe beyond the »

Best line I heard tonight

Featured image When I turned on our television to watch the World Series, Fox News came on. Before switching to regular Fox for the ballgame, I heard this exchange (from memory) between Tucker Carlson and his guest, Salena Zito: Salena: This election is more of an insider-outsider election than a liberal-conservative one. And in an insider-outsider election, the party in power tends to lose. Tucker: Yeah, especially when the party in power »

The Virginia race [UPDATED from time to time]

Featured image I’m getting ready to watch Game 6 of the World Series. That’s where my main attention will be for as long as the game is competitive. Judging by past games, that might be four hours. As for the Virginia race, I’ll be checking in on it from time to time, of course. Early indications are that it will be close but that Youngkin has a small edge (which is what »